Diddi Dance review and giveaway – Win 3 CDs

Talitha, Ophelia and I had great fun trying out Diddi Dance pre-school dance classes recently, along with Diddi Dance CDs which allow you to continue the fun at home. In fact, the CDs have pretty much become our daily soundtrack, with the three of us throwing shapes in the kitchen. Even Laurence has had a Diddi Dance-a-thon with the girls. I got Talitha a simple CD player for her to operate herself and gave her my old CD case since I don’t really listen to CDs much anymore whilst she’s amassing quite the collection. She fastidiously puts each one in…

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Warner Bros and DC Kids new YouTube channel (Toy Giveaway!)

The other day my brother asked if he could be the one to introduce Talitha to superheroes. We spent many a Saturday morning watching Batman and, though he was far more into the comic book thing than I (his copies are probably still kept in plastic), DC characters are a big part of our shared childhood. I know there’s a saying that no child remembers the days the spent watching TV but, actually, those were some really good times for us! And he now works in video editing so maybe it was a bit educational, ha! WB Kids and DC…

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What we’ve been watching on Netflix – Rudderless and other loves

I mentioned last week that Laurence is working in London so I’m flying solo during the week. It’s definitely been tougher than I expected – a lot of adjusting, a lot of facing things in myself that I need to work on and a lot for the kids to cope with. BUT…I get to watch whatever I want to watch on TV. There is, my friends, a bright side to everything. I’ve also just been invited to join the Netflix stream team. They’re giving me a subscription and some other perks in exchange for chatting about what I watch. So…

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“We need to save the rhinos!” – National Geographic Kids iPad edition

A few days ago, while Talitha and I were making supper, she suddenly said: “Mummy, we need to save the rhinos! People are trying to kill them because they want their horns and that is very bad.” I was surprised, to say the least. “Where did you hear about that?” I asked. She sighed with all the exasperation an almost four-year-old can muster. “It was in the iPad game we were playing the other day.” The “game” she was talking about was the iPad edition of National Geographic Kids UK magazine. It’s interactive enough that I could see why she…

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ASUS MEMO Pad 7 ME176 – review

In the absence of laptops, we’d been thinking for a while that it might be useful to get another portable device. Laurence sometimes takes the iPad for work and I like to sit on the sofa and get a bit of writing in if Talitha is watching TV in the afternoon and Ophelia is napping. We also quickly watch little videos on a device together, especially when we’re trying to find the answer to something. Talitha has a few educational games she likes to play and while she’s pretty good at handling the mouse, a touch screen is, naturally, easier…

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The open-air play

This weekend we ticked another one off our summer bucket list by going to see Alice in Wonderland at the Wild Place. It was a great setting for it because we got to walk around and see some of the animals before setting up our picnic supper for the play. It was the fourth play Talitha’s been to see and it’s just happened that my mother-in-law has either taken her or joined us each time. I have positive associations with my grandmother and trips to the theatre. I wonder if my girls will have the same. I have to say…

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Win a copy of Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat on DVD

Talitha and I have been loving watching Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat. It’s a series of ten short episodes of the well-loved British animation from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. It’s only just been released on DVD on July 21st. Ophelia’s been enjoying watching us, probably curious about her three-year-old sister’s full-throated laughter. Shaun definitely hits a note with Talitha’s sense of humour. There’s lots for me as an adult to appreciate. The detail that’s gone into this claymation surprises and delights, as usual. It’s definitely pitched at a young child’s level, though. Common Sense Media rates it at…

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